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Everyone can appreciate a guitar solo. And as a guitar player, sometimes all you want to do is shred and solo all day long. However, it’s hard to play guitar solos for real when you feel like you don’t have the skills or confidence to play one — especially with a full band.

Good news! You can always fake it until you make it (and still sound great!) In this quick lesson, Ayla Tesler-Mabe provides three guidelines on how to play amazing solos:

  1. Use pentatonic scales as an anchor and reference point to what you play.
  2. It’s not just about the notes, but about how you play them.
  3. Take inspiration from your favorite players and apply them to your own playing.

These tips and tricks are great to fall back on and will have you confidently shredding solos in no time. And the more you follow these guidelines, you’ll find you actually know more than you think you do.


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